In April, we first wrote about Sweet Freedom’s Bakery located at 1424 South Street in Philadelphia, PA. Sweet Freedom has become our “go-to” bakery for all of our gluten free and dairy free treats. Our first visit to the shop was a special treat for Giulia after a doctor’s visit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for her Celiac disease. We were so impressed with their allergy friendly selections, we started making this a regular detour on our way home from CHoP to get Giulia’s favorite chocolate chip cookie sandwich… and a few other treats as well!
Great news for South Jersey’s gluten free and allergy free community! A new Sweet Freedom Bakery has opened up at 577 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey! Located just West of Collings Avenue, Sweet Freedom is within walking distance of all the well known shops and restaurants of downtown Collingswood. Their signature sign is easily seen from the street, but the pink door is what really stands out! Enter the store and it feels like your walking into the Philly store… literally! The decor, the layout, even the placement of the display dishes are a mirror image of their original store! Its a warm, inviting environment that fits perfectly in the small town feel that Collingswood is known for.
The new shop is a fully functional bakery, like the original shop, so their menu is available in both locations and baked fresh daily. We stopped in a few days ago and were lucky enough to try a Pumpkin Pie cupcake, the last one of a test batch they made. It was amazing! Thats what you get when you walk into Sweet Freedom: AMAZING! Some of our favorites are the Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf, the Fauxstess (their take on a Hostess brand cream filled cupcake), and the Neapolitan.
Having a 10 year old with Celiac disease is sometimes very difficult. Giulia has become quite an advocate for herself when it comes to dealing with her gluten free lifestyle, but sometimes you can see the disappointment in her eyes when she can’t eat what her friends are eating. Having a place like this where baked goods are safe to eat brings the “normal” back in her life. Here’s a quote from Sweet Freedom’s website that says it all:
Philadelphia is a city known for its soft-pretzels, cheese-steaks and all things chock-full of gluten and dairy. For those of us with food allergies and intolerances, or who are mindful of how our diet impacts our health and wellbeing, it can be difficult to nearly impossible to find a tasty treat for our sensitive systems. Not any longer! Sweet Freedom is here to serve as a safe haven to children and adults alike who have been deprived of the simple pleasure of eating a freshly baked goodie.
So when you’re strolling down Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, or in the area of South and Broad in Philadelphia, stop in and visit our friends at Sweet Freedom Bakery. Grab a cup of coffee and a allergy free treat. You will not be disappointed! To learn more about Sweet Freedom Bakery, or to get directions to either one of their locations, you can visit their website directly. Here is a quick video clip of Allison Lubert, owner of Sweet Freedom Bakery, and Jen Kremer, manager the Philladelphia and Collingswood locations, talking about what they have to offer.